Berea College Among the Top 25 B.A. Theatre Programs for 2018-19

Two theatre students in a production locking eyes

Berea College’s Theatre Department concluded its 125th Anniversary Season with William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which opened April 13, and ran April 14, and 18-21.
(Photo: Desiree Dunn ’20)

OnStage Blog, a media site that covers theatre on an international level, ranked Berea College’s Theatre Department in the top 25 Bachelor of Arts programs in America.  Each year, OnStage Blog reviews theatre programs across the country to provide a resource to prospective students and families who are researching the best academic theatre programs in the country for dance, design, tech and performing. Berea came in at No. 23, with a major highlight of its “First Theatre in Human Culture” course, which studies the first theatres and extant play scripts of selected human cultures representing Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe. Continue reading Berea College Among the Top 25 B.A. Theatre Programs for 2018-19

Berea College Theatre Celebrates 125 Years

BC Theatre, Celebrating 125 Years
The Berea College Theatre is celebrating its 125th Anniversary during the 2017-18 season. What began with a reading of Hamlet in 1892, the Theatre’s presence at Berea College has been a critical element to the academic and co-curricular lives of students. Continue reading Berea College Theatre Celebrates 125 Years

Berea Theater Professor Adanma Barton to Perform at Sweet Briar College

Adanma BartonAdanma Barton, an associate professor of theater at Berea College, is presenting a one-woman show at Sweet Briar College. The play, titled “Lost and Found,” is Barton’s sabbatical project that takes a candid look at women’s health issues and explores societal taboos surrounding miscarriage and infertility. The performance at Sweet Briar is one of many stops as Barton takes her show to colleges and universities around the country. Following each 45-minute production, audience members can participate in a talkback with Barton, as well as a local gynecologist and a grief counselor. Barton’s upcoming performance will take place at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 30, in Babcock Fine Arts Center on the Sweet Briar campus in Virginia.  For more information visit:

Alumna to Vie for Miss America Crown

Published originally in the Summer 2010 issue of Berea College Magazine

Theater major Djuan Trent ’09, was crowned Miss Kentucky 2010 on July 18. She will represent Kentucky at the Miss America pageant in January. One of her duties will be to serve as the spokesperson for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s “Kentucky Proud” program. At the pageant, Djuan earned a preliminary talent award after singing “Up to the Mountain,” won a preliminary swimsuit competition and was recognized for community service. Continue reading Alumna to Vie for Miss America Crown

Ragtime: the musical – Berea’s summer 2012 sensation

Originally posted on August 15, 2012 by Sam Gilbert

On July 6, 2012, Ragtime: the musical opened to boisterous applause. The student actors were confident and capable. After a month of rehearsals as well as voice training they had good reason to be.

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